Slimming World team bag gold medals of their own at Mansfield 10k

Move over Mo Farah! Ten Slimming World staff members have received an Olympic-style reception back at their Derbyshire HQ after they bagged gold medals at the Reach Mansfield 10k event on Sunday 21st August.

The runners came from various teams across the business, such as Finance, Facilities, Public Relations, IT and Member Services, and also included Slimming World’s newly-crowned Employee of the Year 2016, Matt Veal from Heanor. The team’s training was boosted by taking part in fitness classes and gym and personal training sessions available to employees for free at Slimming World’s Alfreton head office.

Slimming World, now the UK’s biggest group-based weight management organisation, sponsored the Reach Mansfield 10k to show its support for people with learning disabilities in the local area. The event, which is now in its second year, was set up to raise money for local charity Reach Learning Disability, which supports over 200 people with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire. Slimming World became a silver sponsor of the event in March this year and offered ten places to its 320 head office employees, all of which were snapped up on the same day.

I love how the whole company can come together to support each other for a good cause.
Natalie Fletcher, Food and Nutrition Database Assistant

For Food and Nutrition Database Assistant, Natalie Fletcher from Kirkby-in-Ashfield, it was her very first running event. She says: ‘I’ve been running a couple of times a week for the past few months, and weight training in the Slimming World gym, but I’d only ran the distance once before – so I was a little nervous! Crossing the finish line was an amazing experience, especially as I set a personal best pace – knocking eight minutes off my practice run! It was great to take my medal back into work on Monday to show everyone – I love how the whole company can come together to support each other for a good cause. I can’t wait to run another race now and beat my new personal best of 55minutes!’

Slimming World Consultant and Team Developer, Amanda Severn, also attended the event, along with other local Consultants, to support the team and promote the Slimming World groups in the local area.

PICTURE: The Slimming World team show off their medals at Slimming World head office after taking part in the Reach Mansfield 10k. From left to right: Charli Wilson, Matt Veal, Lucy Knighton, Natalie Fletcher, Brodie Marks, Heidi Palmer, Andy Cousins, Louisa James, Rich Doar and Emily Young.

Notes to Editors

Slimming World was founded by Margaret Miles-Bramwell (OBE, FRSA) in 1969. There are now more than 18,000 groups held weekly across the UK and Republic of Ireland via a network of 4,000 community-based Slimming World Consultants, who receive specific training in the role of diet and physical activity in weight management, as well as sophisticated behaviour-change techniques.

Slimming World’s healthy eating plan, Food Optimising, is based on the science of satiety and energy density. Our phased activity programme, Body Magic, eases members into activity until it becomes an intrinsic part of their daily routine. The principles behind Slimming World’s philosophy are based on a deep understanding of the challenges faced by overweight people and a recognition that those who struggle with weight carry a double burden, the weight itself and a burden of guilt and shame about their weight. Slimming World’s programme integrates practical, up-to-date advice with a highly developed support system based on care and compassion, and Consultant training focuses on facilitating behaviour change in a warm and friendly group environment. Consultant training is delivered through the Slimming World Academy. Slimming World also invests in a comprehensive research programme to develop its support for long-term weight management. The group support provided by Slimming World is recognised as effective by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the NHS.

For more information about Slimming World’s approach visit www.slimmingworld.co.uk or call 0344 897 8000.

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